Welcome to our guide to all of the family-friendly, fun, and festive events happening on the First Coast this holiday season! This is your one-stop spot for all of the best tree lighting ceremonies, Santa visits, gingerbread house-making events, Christmas light displays, boat parades, and holiday shows. Be sure to check back throughout the season for updated holiday events!
Holiday Activities for Families in Jacksonville
Where to See Santa
Check out our list of Santa events from breakfast with Santa to story time tea, and everything in between!
Tree Lightings and Holiday Light Displays
Starting early in November and up until Christmas, there’s sure to be a tree lighting event to amaze the whole family.
Holiday Shopping In & Around Jacksonville
We are so lucky that Jacksonville offers so many amazing shopping events during the holiday season!
Family-Friendly Holiday Events in Jacksonville
Get ready to make some holiday-inspired crafts, celebrate with Santa, and check out some amazing gingerbread houses!
Cruising for Christmas Lights
Pack the family in the car and drive around Jacksonville to hit the best decorated and festively lit neighborhoods!
Holiday Shows In & Around Jacksonville
We have an incredible list of holiday shows, including several Nutcracker options and theatre performances in Jacksonville!
Holiday Parades In & Around Jacksonville
Jacksonville and the surrounding areas not only have a variety of traditional parades, but it also has boat parades!
Tree Farms In and Around Jax
It may be surprising, but even here in Florida, there are farms where you can not only get your very own Christmas tree, but cut it down yourself, too!
More on the Holidays in Jacksonville
Let us help you make this holiday season the merriest yet with our exclusive access to all of Jacksonville’s best Christmas and holiday events. Check out the First Coast’s best Christmas lights displays, tree lightings and all the best places to go see Santa. Plus, if you need childcare over the holiday break, we’ve created a guide to the best winter break camps in Jacksonville.
Upcoming Holiday Events
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Please consider adding Mandarin’s Christmas tree lighting to the list!
Are you ready to make Mandarin more merry this Friday evening? 🎄
Join us as we “Light Up Mandarin” at the Historic Mandarin Community Club, where our Community’s Official Christmas Tree will be illuminated with over 2,000 lights – topped with our signature Mandarin Orange. 🍊
Mandarinites can enjoy food and hot chocolate, musical performances, and a visit from Santa 🎅🏼
Our club table will be open! Please stop by and grab some Mandarin holiday gifts for you or your loved one. While your there, you can support our Luminary Kit fundraiser so your neighborhood can Light Up Mandarin, too! 🕯Oh, and did we mention we are always welcoming new members to join this nearly 100-year-old institution? Grab a membership form while you’re there! 🍊
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